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TxGearhead

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I'm considering an Andersen hitch. Getting the heavy Curt hitch out is too much hassle when I want to load the cabover. My only question is where do folks locate the locking lever? Andersen says within 30" of the centerline to prevent damage from truck rails on unlevel ground. I'm thinking it would be about as easy and simple to attach it to the back side of my pinbox. I would have to get between the tailgate and 5th to reach it but I'm OK with that.
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TxGearhead wrote:

I'm considering an Andersen hitch. Getting the heavy Curt hitch out is too much hassle when I want to load the cabover. My only question is where do folks locate the locking lever? Andersen says within 30" of the centerline to prevent damage from truck rails on unlevel ground. I'm thinking it would be about as easy and simple to attach it to the back side of my pinbox. I would have to get between the tailgate and 5th to reach it but I'm OK with that.
Your input is welcome.....


That's where mine is ... driver's side pin box flange, pointing outboard.


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gkainz wrote:

TxGearhead wrote:

I'm considering an Andersen hitch. Getting the heavy Curt hitch out is too much hassle when I want to load the cabover. My only question is where do folks locate the locking lever? Andersen says within 30" of the centerline to prevent damage from truck rails on unlevel ground. I'm thinking it would be about as easy and simple to attach it to the back side of my pinbox. I would have to get between the tailgate and 5th to reach it but I'm OK with that.
Your input is welcome.....


That's where mine is ... driver's side pin box flange, pointing outboard.


Ditto. Works great there.


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Y'all have any issues with the cable flopping around? I've got some stick on plastic things designed to run a small cable tie through them. Works good on the boat to secure electronic wiring. Thought I could use 1 or 2 to secure the cable to the underside of the 5th overhang.
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Posted: 11/14/17 06:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have mine mounted to the pin box like those above. The cable is stiff enough that it doesn't flop around and you can't put too much of a bend in it as the center wire will bind.

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Our locking handle is screwed into the bottom of the fifth wheel, half way between the pin box and the side of the trailer. Works great. No cable flop and is easy to see from rear view mirror.

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Posted: 11/15/17 07:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have my block reversed (king pinin front, ball in the rear) such that the cable exits the block on the passenger side, loops around the back of the pin box on the passenger side, then affixed to the pin box flange at the rear. Keeps the cable relatively snug and in place, without any sharp turns or kinks, but very little slack. So, no flop.

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Blazing Zippers wrote:

Our locking handle is screwed into the bottom of the fifth wheel, half way between the pin box and the side of the trailer. Works great. No cable flop and is easy to see from rear view mirror.



I think that is a common place, I believe thats where Andersen shows to put them. I chose like some to mount on the rear of the pin box on the drivers side.

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I got a 2-1/2" round magnet at Harbor Freight. Bolted the handle to it and stuck it to the pin box. Just don't stick the magnet any place to try it out. It is a son of a gun to pull off without anything bolted to it.


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Posted: 11/15/17 11:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mine comes out the passenger side as well.
Although -- regardless where it comes out...I've chose to not attach it to anything. So it just hangs and sits in the bed of the truck, along with the emergency brake wire, and the power cord. I've had to remove the king-pin adapter twice already this season. So it was nice not to have to un-bolt it from the camper.
When not in use, it goes right up into the back of the pinbox, along with the power cord and brake cable.


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